Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Alster Case was based on a novel by Rufus Gilmore. Set in Chicago (the home of Essanay studios), the film deals with a murder mystery, the solution of which will bode either good or ill for hero George Swan (Bryant Washburn) and heroine Beatrice (Ruth Stonehouse). Since the victim, Miss Cornelia Alster (Louise Croilus), was not universally beloved, there is no shortage of suspects. Detective Trask (John H. Crossar) dedicates himself to finding the truth as quickly as possible. Were it not for the "star" power of Washburn and Stonehouse, no one would have gone to see The Alster Case except the critics who were paid to do so.